Cleveland September 18, 2017
Here Are The Best Times And Places To View Fall Foliage Around Cleveland
It was almost startling to see leaves changing so early this year! Sure, the colorful diversity is stunning, but there are a few destinations in the Greater Cleveland area where leaves are already collecting in thin piles on the ground. Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly when we can expect the foliage to light up in a warm-hued spectrum? Thanks to the experts over at
Smoky Mountains, there is a way to predict when the leaves will be most colorful.
Let’s take a look at the best times and places to view fall foliage:
The Fall Foliage Prediction Map is an interactive tool that predicts when and where to view maximum foliage.
The map above is a snapshot in this current prediction (September 17th). Most of Ohio is still patchy, but trees along the coast seem to have partially changed.
On the weekend of September 24th, a stunning array of colors will entertain Northeast Ohioans.
The map uses a color-coded system to show the ideal times to see the fall foliage in different regions. The orange color that covers most of Ohio show that the state will be in "Partial Peak," and the darker orange-red region around the Cleveland area reveals that we will be in "Near Peak" season.
Change is coming soon, so now is the time to start planning a foliage-viewing trip!
October 1st is predicted to be the "Peak" time to see the autumn spectrum in Cleveland, shown here in dark red.
You must head out soon and spend some time outdoors while the leaves are pristine and vibrant!
But by October 8th, the peak viewing opportunity will have passed.
There will, of course, still be plenty of colorful foliage, but by this time, it will be on its way out.
Fortunately, Greater Cleveland is full of remarkable scenery where you can admire the fall colors.
Hinckley Reservation, located at 1822 East Drive, is perhaps the most stunning park in the Cleveland Metroparks system. It has it all; a lake, sandstone ledges, and some unusual buzzard-themed traditions make this reservation truly unforgettable.
Wade Park, found at 10820 East Boulevard, is equally as magical.
The colors of autumn silhouetted against Cleveland's most prestigious institutions and museums is an unbeatable treat for the eyes.
Another incredible visit is to Squire's Castle, an amazing destination off of River Road in the North Chagrin Reservation.
Squire's Castle is surrounded by an astoundingly scenic landscape, which has a particular zest in the fall.
The cultural gardens of Rockefeller Park, located near 750 East 88th Street, are enchanting every autumn.
Remarkably manicured gardens, unimaginably beautiful architecture and statues, and rust and gold leaves painting the trees dreamy colors. Is there truly a more stunning destination in the nation?!
Lake View Cemetery, nestled away at 12316 Euclid Avenue, is an urban gem that serves as a final resting place for some of Cleveland's most notable residents.
Lake View Cemetery explodes in a stellar array of colors once fall descends upon its grounds, and the sight is incredible.
Autumn is the most enchanting season in Ohio, and an early fall breeze is already brushing over the Cleveland area. If you close your eyes and breathe deeply, the crisp scent of the season has arrived.
For a truly unforgettable way to witness the foliage, consider a
seasonal excursion on Cleveland’s most scenic railroad!